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Great Outdoors Month

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 3, 2018
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I have so many fond memories of camping. As a kid, I’d go beach camping with my family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. My dad would set up a large army tent he got at Sunny’s Surplus Store. It was large enough to fit me, my three sisters, and all eight of our cousins. There was something...

A Report from Peru

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 31, 2018
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I love before-and-after photos, don’t you? The other day, I was flipping through pictures of a recent Wheels for the World outreach in El Salvador and found these two photos of Daysi. This little girl arrived in a baby stroller much too small for her. Our team of volunteers — including physical and...

Michael Panther’s Wheelchair Drive

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 29, 2018
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Earlier this month, my friend Michael Panther wrapped up a very successful wheelchair drive ― more than 100 wheelchairs were donated for Wheels for the World! And that’s not counting all the crutches, walkers and canes besides. Michael, pictured here, knows better than most what a wheelchair can...

Memorial Day Prayers

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 28, 2018
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Every Memorial Day, I am reminded of the many men and women who have served our country. So many have sacrificed so much. It’s why when we travel (especially going through airports), my husband Ken and I always make it a practice to thank military personnel we see in uniform...

Smiles with a Message

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 24, 2018
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Most people don’t expect me to smile. But in simply smiling, I have an open door to tell others about the reason I have for living life from this wheelchair. My friend Nick Vujicic is the same way. Nick is a wonderful evangelist and has visited dozens of countries — even countries typically hostile to...

National Stroke Awareness Month

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 21, 2018
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My friend Katherine Wolf was only 26 years old, with a promising modeling career and a new baby at home, when one morning… her hands, arms, and legs went numb. Katherine dropped to the floor, unable to speak or call out for help. Thankfully, her husband Jay was home and was able to...

Wilberforce Weekend Livestream

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 19, 2018
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Why should we care for the vulnerable? Time and time again, the Bible reminds us to look after the needs of others (Phil. 2), open our hand to the poor, speak up for the voiceless (Proverbs 31), and maintain justice (Hosea 12). But how can we do that practically in a world full of conflicting...

Supporting My Husband's Dream

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 18, 2018
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Decades ago, on the day I married my husband Ken, his best friend told me, "Joni, make sure you let your husband keep his dreams." Great advice for a newlywed, as it's a loose paraphrase of Philippians 2:4, "Look not only to your own interests, but to the interests of others." I know I'm maintaining a healthy marriage when I encourage Ken to keep fly-casting for the fish of his dreams. It's why I'm pretty excited today that Ken is heading out with his friends for a week of casting for bonefish (on a small, scrubby, mosquito-infested island in the Bahamas)...

Serve as a Wheelchair Mechanic

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 16, 2018
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Every year, hundreds of Wheels for the World volunteers join us around the world in providing wheelchairs to people with disabilities in need. Some are physical therapists, others occupational therapists... but not everyone on the team has a disability-related degree. Like Scott, an engineer...

A Mother's Prayer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 13, 2018
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Happy Mother’s Day! On this day, I always remember my dear mother, Lindy Eareckson — especially her prayers for me. After my accident, Mom and Dad rallied our church to hold a prayer service all night long. My sweet mother begged Jesus to heal me, a prayer that any mother would ask for her child with a broken neck. About 200 people gathered that night to fervently lift me up before the Lord. But that healing never came… at least, not in the way my mother first expected it. Rather than healing my broken neck, Jesus was more interested in mending my broken heart; He was livening my faith even when my arms and legs remained paralyzed. And with time, my mother began to see how God was answering her prayers for her daughter, giving me the blessing of a...

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